Catwoman #5

Writer: Joelle Jones Artist: Joelle Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 27
7.8Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

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A secret hideout is supposed to be just that-secret. So how did her new villain's criminal crew know where to plant an explosive in Selina's new pad? As if that blow-up weren't bad enough, the cops come calling and arrest Selina for murder. Locked up without bail, Catwoman finds that she isn't very popular in jail, and must fight the other inmates just to stay alive and avoid a shiv. Will she make a deal with her new nemesis, that cagey Creel, or is orange the new black for Selina's foreseeable future?

  • 10
    AIPT - Trevor Richardson Nov 14, 2018

    This issue shows what happens when every member of a creative team fires on all cylinders, each elevating the other towards excellence. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Nov 20, 2018

    If you haven't been reading this series you need to stop looking at those car accidents on the way to your local comic book store and add Catwoman to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Sydney Cooper Nov 14, 2018

    Jolle Jones does well in developing the characters and keeping the plot interesting all while creating stunning works of art throughtout the comic. Lauren Allred and Stanley "Artgerm" Lau both contribute their skills well to help create the perfect trio of comic artists. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Jay Nov 16, 2018

    The level of darkness Raina Creel radiates is unleashed, especially in the case of her youngest son (or is it stepson?). The sequentials in their simplicity are straight to the point with minimal prose, making it an easy read and sometimes so quick they have to go back a few pages to pick up what was missed. The fact there is incentive to take a second look is proof of the engaging method of storytelling Joelle employs. Jones has reinvigorated Catwoman in the same way that the late Darwyn Cooke had years earlier by not ignoring what's canon and expanding on that foundation. In short, one word sums it up and is the highest and most relevant in this character's case: Meow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Elizabeth Garcia Nov 13, 2018

    Many of the panels of this issue were intermingled between two different storylines, one showing Selina's fight and then one showingVilla Hermosa's "First Lady" Raina Creel continuing her mission of chaos akin to an episode of House of Cards. The use of Allred's coloring was so important here because, without it, it would have been easy to get lost between the storylines. Selina's backgrounds are dosed in purple hues while Raina's are red. This created a dichotomy that was easy to discern visually. Overall, Catwoman continues to be a fantastic book that pushes Selina Kyle out of Batman's shadow and into the spotlight she deserves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Nov 19, 2018

    In Catwoman, it's the how she survives that fascinates and intrigues me. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Amit Malaviya Nov 16, 2018

    Though the weakest link in what's been a strong debut arc so far, Jones sprinkles in some interesting plot seeds that are sure to pay off in the long run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Nov 14, 2018

    Jolle Jones and Laura Allred are really doing some terrific work. This is the issue I have been waiting for in this series.Tensions are mounting and we see Catwoman in a situation that leaves her vulnerable. I'm really looking forward toThe Big Showdown. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 19, 2018

    This is a nice first story arc by Jones. This issue is at it's best when Jones amps up the action. Now all that remains is seeing if she can bring it home next issue. All signs point to "yes." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Nov 15, 2018

    Despite some minor flaws, this one is both beautifully drawn, and an excellent example of noir storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 14, 2018

    It's a tense issue, but one that doesn't really advance the plot as much as I'd like. Jones writes and draws the hell out of a fight scene, though. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 17, 2018

    The storyline in Catwoman finally lands on its feet. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 14, 2018

    I have really enjoyed this series so far and have been able to overlook the overall lack of progression in the story.  I can't do that this month as Joelle Jones doesn't give us much we don't already know in an issue that looks great, but is over way too quickly.  I am still on the Catwoman trolley, but I'm going to need a bit more from here on out. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Nov 14, 2018

    A little bit of focus could take Joelle Jones and Catwoman a long way! The narrative feels clunky and ill-planned, which is a shame considering there are so many intriguing aspects that have been set-up. I can't help but feel that Jones is nothing more than a kid in a candy store at the moment. There are so many options to explore, that she's trying them all and failing to savor any of them effectively. Thankfully, Jones' art is masterclass and well worth the purchase of this book alone! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Nov 16, 2018

    The overall rhythm of Jones work continues to feel breezy and appealing, even as the delivery doesnt quite live up to the potential. Catwomans charisma carries the issue through kicks and flips and the power of relentlessly slick attitude. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Nov 15, 2018

    Some unclear plot questions cause confusion in this issue of an otherwise terrific story arc. Hopefully, it is only a temporary stumble for this recommended title. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jenna Anderson Nov 14, 2018

    The real standout here is Jones' art, which will surely captivate the reader's attention for most of the issue, even if the narrative might not entirely land in every page. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Nov 14, 2018

    I find it hard to find the motivation to keep reading this. If I wasn't reviewing it I would have dropped this after the second or third issue, but I'm here so that's that. This book has a strong artistic identity but not much in the way of a solid plot. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    ohhaimark Nov 17, 2018


    -This issue had a really nice, really creative juxtaposition thing going on, that made an otherwise forgettable issue memorable for me.

    -Joelle Jones is a great artist. If for nothing else, buy this book for the art.

    -I thought the way Raina Creel killed her husband was really cruel and morbid in all the effective ways.

    -The scene where Catwoman fought all those orderlies was really cool in my opinion.

    -The scene where she was with Bruce was a pretty cool vision scene. Nice to know this series isn't just ignoring everything that happened over in Batman.

    -Raina Creel is a great villain, I also liked the way she manipulated her son. This series will have a hard t more

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  • 7.0
    waltgator93 Nov 13, 2018

    Issue was pretty good, a lot better than what we have been getting! Still some confusion from the first two issues that really don’t get answered but hoping it gets answers in next issue. It is a quick read that good amount of stuff happens. The cliffhanger though really didn’t impress me.

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 2, 2019

    This was just very blah and I’m not actually 100% sure what the villain is up to or what she wants?

  • 9.0
    D.C. Nov 18, 2018

    A good time.
    Art's great, plot is interesting and keeps me coming back. Lots of really cool action sequences. Absolutely a recommend.

  • 9.0
    Shodan Nov 24, 2018

    Joelle Jones is amazing and this book could probably exist without dialogue and still be worth coming back to every week. Reina Creel is a great villain and her stone cold killing of her husband was bone chilling. Catwoman is always a breezy read, but that speaks to the narrative pacing and the art more than minimal content. Hope this is a long run, but I imagine writing and drawing your own book monthly is grueling and can only go on for a short time.

  • 8.5
    bcgocubs Nov 16, 2018

    Maybe I just don't remember this story as much as the next guy but I really enjoyed this issue. Yes, I admit that it is a slower pace than most, but the story and characterization are excellent. The villain is truly evil. She is the world's worst wife and mother not to mention also the ugliest one out there too. There's also multiple things going on which tie together in the end. In that way, I felt this issue was actually pretty busy and not that "slow". Lastly, I really do have to mention how excellent the art is in this series. I'm not an art-centric reader but Jones' art really sets this story apart.

  • 8.0
    GTMedia Reviews Feb 7, 2019

    After being somewhat befuddled by the direction of the previous issue, this one is pretty straightforward for better or worse. We pick up from the cliffhanger. Selina breaks up an attempt on her sister's life while the governor's wife, Raina Creel murders him and makes it look like a suicide. She injects him with the drug, Narssistrine, which paralyzes the user and thickens internal organs to the point of death. 

    Selina fends off a group of hospital orderlies but is eventually overwhelmed and knocked unconscious. The governor's son is given the task of giving the drug to Selina but fails when she escapes and gets the drop on him. 

    I enjoyed this issue a lot more than the last and based on this one I'll probably p more

  • 7.5
    egon244 Nov 16, 2018

    "There's a good boy"

    Joelle Jones continues to tell her story slow, maybe a bit too slow at times, but she is doing it with a good dialogue and terrific art.

    Just like before Raina Creel proves to be an ugly, evil and despicable person. Your father is bleeding and dying, son, so what? Come hug mommy. That's some parenting.
    Selina is trapped and backed into a corner and just might break her former fiancé's one rule.

    This book takes a slow approach to tell a story and I can understand if someone is bothered by it. I, myself, enjoy it, but I have another problem with it.
    With some of the side characters not being super compelling or interesting and with the wait between issues, I just forget who' more

  • 6.5
    Darkseid24 Nov 14, 2018

    I expected more of this issue& hoped to find out more about what happens to Selina’s sister, so unfortunately I was disappointed there. However it’s still a good run. The plot is just slow, what doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

  • 6.5
    YourGreenMuse Nov 16, 2018

    This is a slow, slow comic atm. Which would be okay if this intrigued me, but it's not. I still don't find Catwoman that compelling of a character (the issue brings out some of the most eye-rolling aspects of King's Catwoman/Batman pairing) and the villain is not doing enough here. Her evilness still doesn't seem to have much of a point. But then again, I'm not entirely sure what's going on, and I don't know if I'm supposed to yet, so maybe there was a point that I missed in the last four issues...

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    Rocker97 Nov 14, 2018

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    Bill Blaze Nov 19, 2018

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  • 8.0
    Dorival Nov 14, 2018

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Nov 15, 2018

  • 8.0
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    truffaz Apr 24, 2019

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